10.22.12 Truth & Wisdom

Star-Studded Video Encourages Women To Vote

Star-Studded Video Encourages Women To Vote

BY Rebecca Fernandez

“You Don’t Own Me” PSA- Official from You Don't Own Me on Vimeo.

Women constitute more than half of the population. In 2008, 60% of voters were women. It is estimated that 10 million more women than men will vote in this election. Despite this, women make up only 16% of Congress. Women earn only 70 cents to each dollar men make. Women of color and undocumented women make less than white citizens. Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are determined to overturn Roe V. Wade. Romney has not supported equal pay for women (The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act). Romney has vowed to defund Planned Parenthood. Romney has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Romney doesn’t want health care to cover birth control. Romney says same sex marriage should be banned with a Constitutional Amendment.

Women, let’s rise up. Our vote alone can win this election. A vote for Obama is a vote for your health and your right to choose. It is a vote for equal pay and equal rights. A vote for Obama is a vote for our families. It is a vote to marry who you choose. It’s a vote to start a family when you choose. A vote for Obama says that we won’t stand for violence against women and that rape is rape. Our vote ensures that our daughters will grow up with the same rights that we’ve had. A vote for Obama sends a message: This war on women must end. We will not go backwards.

This election is shockingly close. Our safety is at stake. Our silence is consent and our vote is our voice. Let’s get active. Let’s get out every vote we can. Let’s make this election a mandate. A mandate to finally ensure women the respect, dignity and equality we all deserve! This is now. This is our call to action. Once and for all, let’s take back the power that is so inherently and naturally ours!

I created a site called The Women Take Over, where we celebrate all things feminism and feature inspirational women (and men!) who are making a difference in our fight for equality. I once lost a spelling bee on the word “civilian” and have never misspelled it since. You can follow me on Twitter @ParksFernandez, Instagram and Tumblr if you'd like- no pressure.


  • Here, here! Well said!

  • Thanks for the great article Rebeccca 🙂

  • I am not a pawn!
  • Elizabeth

    Unfortunately, the facts don’t support your article. The Obama White House paid women 18% less than men http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/apr/30/obama-pays-a-few-women-big-bucks/
    You state that a vote for Obama is a vote for families. You do realize that a family is made of children and that abortion ends the life of a child? Abortion will be legal no matter who wins, the question is “who will pay for it and at what point are you allowed to murder your child?”. Should people who believe that abortion is murder be forced (through taxes) to pay for others to abort their children? The statement that “rape is rape” is evidence that you have bought into the liberal lies about Republicans. Nobody has ever said that rape is not horrible and disgusting and heartbreaking. They have fought for the child created in that rape. Either America allows all of its citizens the right to life or it allows only the chosen the right to life. No matter the way of conception, it’s a child – that is the point that liberals leave out. There is no war on women. There is a war on children and life. Perpetrated by the liberals.

  • Love this R!!!! You are so lovely

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